Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our First Mushroom

We harvested our first mushroom today…the first of many I hope!! We inoculated the logs back in June of this year so the timing is right about 6 months from inoculation to harvest. As each day goes by we are noting more changes on the logs from fuzzy white ‘stuff” to mushroom like growths to one big pearl oyster mushroom!!

During the late spring and summer months the logs spent their time in the back yard in the shade of the brick oven. As the weather has turned to fall here in the northeast we moved the logs into the garage to keep them warm and to encourage growth. If we had left them outside during the winter they would have gone dormant and produced in the spring but we were anxious to see the fruits of our labor and brought them into a protected area. During the winter months we will need to water the logs and tap them to encourage “flushing” the technical term for growth.

Don’t know what we are going to do with this one large pearl oyster mushroom but I sure hope Chef Phil has something delicious planned


Mushroom 1st Harvest

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